Anita Among wins Deputy Speaker election (1)
Anita‌ ‌Among, a member of the NRM, has been elected Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament following Monday's‌ ‌elections‌ ‌held‌ ‌at‌ ‌Kololo. FILE PHOTO

At the elections held at Kololo on Monday, Anita Among of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) emerged victorious as Deputy Speaker.

Anita‌ ‌Among, a member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has been elected Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament after emerging winner of Monday’s elections held at Kololo.

In a first Parliamentary sitting of the 11th Parliament held at Kololo Grounds, Among was nominated to the position by Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua and seconded by Rushenyi county MP, Ms Naome Kabasharira.

Among, 47, who represents Bukedea Women Constituency, convincingly scooped 415 votes beating Muhammad Nsereko and FDC’s Yusuf Nsibambi on 24 and 35 votes respectively.

Her chances of winning, however, had earlier been threatened by her biggest rival Thomas Tayebwa the Ruhinda North legislator but the latter opted out of the race giving her an easy chase for victory.

Among was on Sunday endorsed by her party executive to be the flag bearer after gathering 168 voted with Thomas Tayebwa, the Ruhinda County North MP, coming second with 149 votes.

She will now replace and deputize NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah who won the Speakership election beating the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga and FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.

Anita Among wins Deputy Speaker election (1)
Anita‌ ‌Among, a member of the NRM, has been elected Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament following Monday’s‌ ‌elections‌ ‌held‌ ‌at‌ ‌Kololo. FILE PHOTO

Who is Anita Among?

A lawyer and accountant by profession, Anita Among,47, is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Bukedea District after retaining her seat in the January elections unopposed.

She possesses a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), and a Master of Business Administration (Accounting) from Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking from Uganda Martyrs University, and a Bachelor of Laws from Kampala International University.

She joined Parliament in 2016. Ms Among says her experience in both the Opposition and the NRM makes her a suitable candidate for the Office of Deputy Speaker. 

Previously, she worked with the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and later shifted allegiance to the ruling party and voted for the removal of the presidential age limit in December 2017. 

“I should work as a bridge between the Opposition and NRM… I should be able to promote equal opportunities in terms of allocation of time in the House for anybody to debate in the House and when the person is debating, that is a voice of the so many that are voiceless,” Ms Among said in February shortly after announcing her bid.